Tools, Training, & Resources

TOOLBOX

(Latest Updated Version: March 1, 2014)

Here are some of the best tools and resources on the Internet that I’ve collected and  use to build and tweak my own online businesses.  Most of the these tools are free but, even so, that doesn’t mean they don’t have value.  Quite the contrary!  All of the free tools shown here are a great value and belong in your toolbox. Having the right tools will save you a ton of time, keep you organized, give you better results, and help you make more money online.  I’ve gone to a lot of trouble for you here, so I hope you appreciate it.  I suggest you cherry pick through the list and follow the links provided and create a shortcut from each tool web site you like to your hard drive toolbox file, or your Favorites file.  This way you can find them easily when you need them.  If you wish to add any tool suggestions to this list or find any dead links, then leave me a note and I’ll make the adjustments so it always remains current. I intend to update this Toolbox regularly and will eventually offer over 1,200 items for your use.  If you want updates, you can either Bookmark this page and return periodically, or subscribe to my newsletter at the bottom of this page and I will send you a free PDF file copy of the most current toolbox version of this list on a regular basis. If you like these tools, please tell your friends about them.  To your success!

Enjoy!

Dave Salois

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CONTENT, WEB DESIGN,  AND CODING TOOLS

Web Developer Toolbar: This Firefox extension give you quick access to a number of useful functions such as turning on an off aspects of a page (images, scripts, etc.) Quick access to website verification tools, ability to outline elements on a page such as table cells and much, much more. FREE

Webmaster Tools: Find errors on your site, broken links (both internal and external) and so much more. FREE

More Webmaster Tools:  Over 100 Webmaster Tools, SEO Tools, Guides, Tips and HTML Resources to optimize your website! FEE

Wolfram|Alpha:  This tool is a computational knowledge engine offering weather facts, statistics and data analysis in mathematics, physics, chemistry, materials, engineering, earth sciences, astronomy, life sciences, computational science, money, finance, linguistics, sports, socioeconomic data, medicine, transportation, computer systems, technology, geography, education, nutrition, culture, and media.

Learnable:  This site offers online learning for web professionals. It is a growing library of online books and online courses tailored to the specific needs of web designers and developers. Learn PHP, WordPress, Javascript, Ruby, Html5, CSS3, jQuery, design, iOS, and more.  You also can signup and teach one of their courses or learn from them from their vast collection of books, courses, jump casts, video tutorials, code downloads, and articles. $17/mo.

Page Breeze:  This tool is an award-winning HTML Editor which has both the HTML tag/source and visual (WYSIWYG) and modes. The tool’s design emphasizes simplicity and ease-of-use. You’ll be able to create great looking professional websites almost instantly–without a learning curve!  FREE

Lynda:  This site teaches software through online tutorials and business skills.  They offer 1,591 courses and teach web design, photography, graphic design, business, video, audio, 3D animation, Adobe programs, Flash, Photoshop, Windows, and an entire suite of software programs.  FEE

39 Articles:  This Egyptian site is a blog resource for web designing tutorials and offers a free website.  FREE

osTicket:  This is a widely-used open source support ticket system. It integrates inquiries created via web-based forms, email, or phone into a simple, easy-to-use multi-user web interface. You can manage, organize and archive all your support requests and responses in one place while providing your customers with accountability and responsiveness they deserve.  It is simple, lightweight, reliable, open source, web-based and easy to setup and use.  FREE

Firebug: This Firefox extension allows you to look at any page on the web as usual or select specific elements and see what code (including lines in style sheets) is responsible for the appearance of that element. As you select different areas on the web page, Firebug changes the code displayed. Great for isolating issues and reviewing competitor’s code. FREE

CSS Validator:  A free W3C tool that validates your CSS and (X) HTML documents for compliance. FREE

LeadPages:  This tool is the best for building landing pages.

HTML Code:  This tool will generate html codes, editors, and generators.  FREE

Markup Validator:  A free W3C tool for the validation of your code.  FREE

Weebly:  This service allows you to build and host a free website. FREE

Web.com:   This service allows you to build and host a free website. FREE

Gybo.com:  This service allows you to build and host a free website. FREE

Bravenet.com    This service allows you to build your website using lots of webmaster tools and resources. FEE

Intuit.com:   This service allows you to build and host a free website. FREE

FreeWebsite.com:   This service allows you to build and host a free website. FREE

Yola.com:      This service allows you to build and host a free website. FREE

HostGator.com:     This service is another great web hosting provider.  It is very competitively priced and offers several flexible hosting packages to fit your needs and budget.  They offer great support and instructional videos too.

Wix.com:  This service allows you to build and host a free website. FREE

Snippely:  This is a basic text and code organizational tool, great for creating content. Instead of storing bits of code, quick notes, and memos in text files all over your hard drive, this tool will let you save and organize “snippets” in one convenient location. A snippet is a collection of one or several pieces of code and notes stored in groups for organization and quick retrieval. FREE

Xenu’s Link Sleuth: This site runs a crawler over your site and finds all your broken links.  FREE

URL-Redirect Checker: This checks the status of a redirect and verifies if it’s delivering the right response.  FREE

UpTimeRobot:  This tool monitors up to fifty of your sites and lets you know when they are down.  FREE

Alexa:  This site is Alexa Internet, Inc., a subsidiary company of Amazon.com, based in California.  The Alexa toolbar collects data on browsing behavior and transmits it to the website, where it is stored and analyzed, forming the basis for the company’s web traffic reporting. Alexa provides traffic data, global rankings and other information on 30 million websites, and claims that 6 million people visit its website monthly. FREE

Wayback Machine:  This site is a digital time capsule created by the Internet Archive, a non-profit organization, based in San Francisco, California. It is maintained with content from Alexa Internet. This service enables users to see archived versions of certain web pages across time, which the Archive calls a “three dimensional index”.   FREE

Excite:  This site is the leading personalization Web portal, featuring world-class search, content and functionality. From financial portfolios to sports scores, local weather, etc.  FREE

Page Speed Test: This tests the loading speed of your page and offers suggestions on how to improve it. Also, you can compare your results with any other site.  FREE

Jing:  This neat little tool allows screen captures. You can create videos and images of what you see on your computer screen, then share them instantly! FREE

Browser Shots:  This open-source web application tool makes screenshots of your web design in different operating systems and browsers. It provides developers a convenient way to test their website’s browser function from a single location. Submit your URL and a number of distributed computers will open your website in their browser and make screenshots of your home page.  These will be uploaded to a central dedicated server for your review. FREE

YSlow:  This site analyzes web pages and suggests ways to improve their performance based on a set of rules for high performance web pages. It grades web pages based on one of three predefined rule-sets, it summarizes the page’s components, displays statistics, and provides tools for performance analysis.  

Smushit:  This tool is a “loss-less” tool, which means it optimizes the images without changing their look or visual quality.  It allows images to be edited to reduce their file size while retaining image quality by using optimization techniques specific to image format to remove unnecessary bytes from image files.

BuiltWith:  This site is a web site profiler tool that allows you to input a URL and have it analyzed according to how it was built and what components it has in it. Upon looking up a page, it returns all the technologies it can find on the page. It’s goal is to help designers, developers, and researchers to find out what technologies websites are using.  Free trial, various plans and pricing.  FEE

JSLint:  This site is a JavaScript program that looks for problems in JavaScript programs. It is a code quality tool.  It can operate on JavaScript source, HTML source, CSS source, or JSON text.  FREE

WordPress: is the best content management system for your dynamic website. It is easy to install and very user-friendly.  You can write and maintain content for your website easily and it is great for blogs. Also, it is extremely search engine friendly which means that you’ll have greater presence in Google, Yahoo and Bing and, therefore, attract more free visitors to your site!  It comes with free themes and plug-ins, but you can also purchase a variety of designs to suit your taste.  FREE

KompoZer:  This is a widely-used open source HTML editor derived from NVU with WYSIWYG and HTML design  modes.  It allows you to create and edit your own web pages and is great for creating landing pages and adding text as content.  It is very user-friendly and you don’t need any special programming skills.  FREE

Gimp:  This open source software allows image editing with all the functionality of Adobe Photoshop, but without the hefty price tag.  Graphics and images play a big part of creating an online presence and this tool will help you easily edit all your images.  FREE

Paint.Net:  This program is a free image editing software that provides advanced image editing capabilities typically only available in paid software editing programs.  It provides a very easy user interface and is able to assist your design goals with intuitive product features such as layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful graphic tools.  FREE

Audacity:  This open source software allows you to play, edit, and record all audio files as well as do slicing and mixing.  It is great for adding audio clips to websites and emails.  FREE

FreeFoto:  This site offers the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet (link back and attribution required).  FREE

Fotolia:  This site is a stock photography website where members buy and sell images for use in their projects.  It offers low-priced royalty free images using the credit subscription system.  Get your images for your websites, presentations, and advertisements here at affordable prices.   FEE

CopyrightFreePhotos:  This site makes available royalty free photos, free of charge, for any application you require – web design, graphics, backgrounds, printed images, desktop wallpaper & screensavers. The images may not be added to other photo libraries (either online or offline) – without written permission from the site owner.  FREE

RoyaltyFreeMusic:   This Internet service offers music for production music, on-hold music, bumper music, background music, and more.  FEES

Stock.xchng: This is the leading free stock photo site for royalty-free images and photos for your website.  FREE

Dreamstime:  This service offers you royalty free stock photos to use as content on your website.  You can buy high resolution stock photos and images for commercial use or download images free.  This service offers low cost stock photography, stock illustrations, and vectors.  SOME FREE

Digital Marketing Depot:  This site is a great resource center for digital marketing strategies and tactics. They feature e-books, white papers, research reports, and webcasts about digital marketing topics ranging from advertising to web analytics, from PPC and SEO campaign management tools, online-offline marketing programs, online retail marketing, e-commerce and a lot more.  FREE

FreeDigitalPhotos:   This service offers free and premium stock photos and illustrations for your websites.  They are professional, royalty free images great for use in any of your personal and corporate projects.  FREE

ImageMagick:  This software suite allows you to easily resize your photos so you can email them or upload them to a website. It creates, edits, composes, or converts bitmap images and can read and write images in DPX, EXR, GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PDF, PhotoCD, PNG, Postscript, SVG, and TIFF.  This software will resize, flip, mirror, rotate, distort, shear and transform images, adjust image colors, use various special effects, or draw lines, polygons, text, ellipses and Bézier curves.  FREE

Ping Test:  This service allows you to check if a website or IP address is reachable across the Internet.  FREE

Word Counter:  This tool instantly counts the number of words and characters in your text, as you type your documents.  FREE

Adwords Wrapper:  This is the original online, time-saving keyword tool for use in Google Adwords campaigns. It wraps your keywords in “quotation marks” (phrase match) and [square brackets] for exact match.   FREE

Instant Squeeze Page Generator:  This service offers various Internet marketing tools and services by Robert Puddy. It helps you create squeeze pages using a simple point and click system. It also gives you access to multiple templates and professionally designed graphics to help get you more opt-ins subscribers.  FREE

Instant Domain Name Search:  This tool is a free, online domain search tool that checks in real-time, as you check whether a domain name is available for registration.  It checks all domain extensions: .com (default), .co.uk, .ca, .com.au, .net, .org, etc.   FREE

Visa Business Resources & Tools:  This site lists dozens of valuable articles to help small businesses engage is social networking to increase profits and growth.  FREE

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UserTesting: Discover your site’s biggest usability problems in just one hour

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BACKLINK TOOLS

Open Site Explorer:  This is a very user-friendly tool providing anchor text data, authority, and follow status.  The index is somewhat limited and may miss some links in the “deep web” but otherwise useful.  FREE

Backlink Checker:  This tool offers instant, online reports pertaining to the number of backlinks pointing to your domain or webpage URL by the top two search engines; Bing and Google.   FREE

BacklinkWatch!:  This index pulls the first 1,000 links for a page and appends the number of outbound links on the source page along with nofollow, image links, and other flags they find. FREE

Google:  Their “link” operator tool isn’t complete, but it still has some useful qualities.  FREE

BuzzStream:  This Web-based software is for SEO link building, social media marketing and public relations. It helps the world’s best marketers promote their products, services and content online.  by eliminating the time-sucking parts of link building so you can focus on building quality relationships with link partners. FREE

PointBlankSEO:  This site is an SEO link building blog dedicated to providing the top link building strategies on the Web.  Jon Cooper’s site offers link building strategies, link building resources, a training course, a link building campaign guide, and a discussion by 24 SEO experts on tweets vs. links.  FREE

Yahoo Site Explorer:  This index is considered fast when it comes to finding new links, but it is very limited because it only returns 1,000 links per page or domain, with no extra data such as follow status or filtering options.  FREE

Majestic SEO: This tool offers some very useful ways for tearing apart your competitor backlinks.  It is a well-regarded index of data with information about Class C IPs, authority, anchor text, and relevance, plus good sorting and filtering.  For researching competitor backlinks, this is a good tool for comparing multiple competitors to find niche link hubs and break down individual domains into very accurate data.  $50/month

Blekko: This new search engine offers tons of free backlink data available from a very comprehensive index. http://blekko.com/  FREE

SEOmoz and RavenTools are also isted under SEO tools but since much of their suites are dedicated to link building, they are listed here as well.  That’s all the more reason you should have these in your toolbox.

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ADVERTISING, TRAFFIC AND SEO TOOLS

Google’s Keyword Suggestion Tool: This software is the best free keyword tool for finding out exactly how many searches any given keyword is receiving per month.  It is a great resource for exploring keyword possibilities. Make sure you understand the different between broad match and exact match and also consider that this is a PPC tool. The number of estimated searches are those conducted for a phrase, not estimated unique searchers.  It’s also very useful  for finding other relevant keywords that you might not think of yourself.  FREE

Market Samurai:  This is, without a doubt, the best keyword tool available online today… and what’s even better, you can get a free, fully- functioning trial version so you can try it out.  Choosing the right keywords is the MOST important part of any successful online business…and it’s where most people fail.  Unless you pick the right keywords you will waste a lot of time and money. Market Samurai gathers all the information that you will ever need about any keyword, within literally seconds. What used to take hours and hours is all done for you with the click of a button.  This tool will tell you which keywords get the most searches but with the least competing sites. This is what you need to know to have success.  FREE TRIAL

Keyword Tool:  This tool offers you 70+ 1-click keyword editing functions to help you edit and clean hundreds, even thousands of keywords quickly and easily.  FREE

Keyword Density Tool:  This tool instantly calculates the keyword density in text, as you type.  FREE

Keywords:  This tool offers the top 500 searched Internet keywords which are compiled from a database of 330+ million search terms, extracted from metacrawlers: Metacrawler and Dogpile.  FREE

WordTracker:  This tool is designed to help you get more traffic, attract more links, and sell to more customers.  It is a great keyword research tool that enables small businesses to beat the big brands at the SEO game using the right knowledge, good SEO tools, and a clear plan of attack.  FEE

PageRank Checker:  This tool will check the Google page rank of any webpage. It is what Google uses to determine the importance of a webpage.  It offers instant, online reports for any domain or webpage.  PR-0 is the lowest. PR-10 is the highest. PR-4-6 is a good score for most websites.  FREE

Search Engine Rankings:  This tool offers instant, online reports of webpage rankings in the top three search engines: Yahoo! (top 50), Bing (top 10), and Google (top 10).  FREE

Traceroute:  This tool shows the route taken by packets of data as it travels across the Internet.  It will help you identify any potential connection issues. FREE

IP Locator:  This tool shows you your IP address.  FREE

HitsConnect.com:  This service takes the guesswork out of tracking campaigns. It tracks clicks on any link you want to track, from outside or within your site itself. This is a great way to track affiliate programs and link exchanges, or for sites you trade traffic with, it creates referring links. We provide a report that you can use to keep track of your outgoing and incoming hits.   FEE

URL Decoder:  This tool will  instantly decode any encoded URLs and convert them into a readable URL.  FREE

AddThis:  This is the world’s largest content sharing and social insights platform. They use big data to help site owners and brands build digital audiences, increase traffic, increase engagement, know their users, and use data to personalize experiences.  FREE

URL Encoder:  This tool will instantly convert the special characters in URLs that may change the meaning of the query string into a format that can be transmitted across the Internet.  FREE

SEnuke XCr:  This crowd-sourced link building software is an internet marketing automation tool, and SEO software, that helps you increase your search engine rankings.  It comes with step-by-step wizards to show you how to use it.  FEE

SEO Power Suite:  This tool is composed of four SEO software programs in one package to help you improve your SEO rankings: Link Assistant, Rank Tracker, Website Auditor, and SEO SpyGlass.  It includes a link tracking system, finds link partners and their contact information, detects sites linking to your competitors, uses 19 keyword suggestion tools, provides detailed traffic metrics, eliminates page loading problems, finds backlinks, and creates printable reports, plus lots more.  FEE

SEO Quake: This is a great free extension for Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari. It provides quick access to key factors such as PageRank, position, age, etc. for the site appearing on a search results page. More information is available when on a site such as quick links to diagnose issues and a link through all nofollow links for quick recognition, etc.  FREE

SEOmoz: This is an entire collection of professional-grade tools well worth the price of admission.  This is the largest SEO community online. These tools cover everything from links, to onsite, to social media and make SEO management easy.  $99/month

RavenTools: This alternative SEO tool collection includes link building, SEO management, research and competitor analysis. It doesn’t quite match up to the SEOmoz suite for pure function, but the reporting abilities have some distinct advantages. It features advertising tools, PPC research and management, metrics, reporting, tasks and messaging, social media management and monitoring, $99/month

SEO For Firefox: This is a  free Firefox extension from SEO Book. It is similar to SEO Quake but has different data sources.  FREE

XML Sitemaps: This is a free XML sitemap generator to include in your SEO toolbox. You can create four different sitemaps: a text sitemap, and html sitemap, a ROR sitemap,  and a XML sitemap that you can submit to search engines to enable them crawl your website better.  FREE

TrafficSwarm:  This is an online traffic exchange that provides free traffic to your website or affiliate offer.  Trafficswarm not only does this but much more. Just by creating your free account, you will be able to enter a URL to major search engine submissions such as Google, make a free website yourself, surfing to gain credits to show your free websites more, and improve your website ranking. FREE

Safe-Swaps:   This service allows you to swap ads with reputable ad swap partners.  You can automate your ad swaps, sell your own solo ads, or buy solo mailings easily and securely.  FREE signup

Spyfu:  This is a paid service that allows you to spy on your Adwords competitiors, and they offer some free tools to do it.  You put in your best keyword phrase and they will show you who your top Adwords competitors are and what ads they are running.  You can use this information to mix and match proven headlines with proven descriptions  FEE

SEMrush:  This site was created by SEO/SEM professionals for SEO/SEM professionals. It claims to be the most advanced SEO keyword research tool.  They also collect massive amounts of SERP data for more than 95 million keywords and 45 million domains, including: AdWords ad copies and positions, organic positions for domains and landing URLs, search volumes, CPC, competition, number of results, and much more.  It also assists with researching how products are advertised and finding the best way to phrase advertising text.  FEE

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SALES CONVERSION TOOLS

Google Analytics Content Experiments: This is a content testing resource in Google Analytics to help you in measuring, testing, and optimizing all if your web pages in one place. Content Experiments helps you decide which page designs, layouts, and content are most effective. It allows you to develop several versions of a page and show different versions to different visitors, then it determines the most effective version.   FREE

Google Analytics:  This site offers a versatile reporting platform so you can decide what data you want to view and customize your visitor data reports. It helps you measure the impact of mobile apps on your business and  to understand which parts of your website are performing well and which pages are the most popular.  It reports how many customers you’re attracting, how much you’re selling, and how users are engaging with your site.  It measures the success of your social media programs and your advertising by learning how well your social, mobile, search and display ads are working. FREE

Clicky:  This tool allows you to get real time analytics on your website.  You can depend on it to monitor, analyze, and react to their visitor traffic in real time. You can  track users and how they use your site with the spy feature.  FEE

Google Trends:  This site offers a quick way to view search trends over time by country run comparisons. Trends shows data for up to 5 URLs, if they have received sufficient traffic. Trents also analyzes seasonality data and can be used to look at cause and effect scenarios such as the economic recession’s influence on unemployment information or weather conditions on economic factors.  FREE

Attention Wizard: This tool is for website designers and marketers and it allows them to validate web designs before they go live.  It creates an algorithm-generated heatmap of a website page, which is as good as a first stop when you’re facing a redesign or A/B testing. This tool gives you valuable insights to help you optimize the branding, images, colors, layout, and buttons on key landing pages before presenting it to your boss or client.  INTRO TRIAL  $.01/10 heatmaps.

YouTube Keyword Tool:  This tool will let you see what volume of searches are made for specific keywords each month. Use it to get new keyword ideas.  YouTube is the dominant video search engine, so this really belongs in your toolbox.  FREE

is.gd:  This is an affiliate link cloacker and link shortener that will compress your address.  FREE

Bitly:  This is another link shortener that will keep thieves from stealing your affiliate links and it also provides link tracking to show you how popular your shared links become.  FREE

YouTube Trends Dashboard:  This tool shows what videos are trending in a specific country by gender and age group.  It is ideal for spotting content to advertise against and for finding out what’s hot on YouTube.  You can also visit a trends blog too.  FREE

Crazy Egg: This site uses eye tracking technology and produces a heatmap of your pages based on user behavior that lets you see what’s hot and what’s not on your site so you can make changes to increase conversions.  This tool also shows how far down your page visitors are scrolling, their clicks on page elements, and the sources of clicks, etc. broken down by traffic source.  $9/month

Nanacast:  This site automates your business with services designed for the online marketer.  It manages unlimited sales funnels and product delivery, upsells and downsells, coupons, and hassle free secure checkout processes; all customizable to fit your business, large or small.  It does it all from customer management and content delivery to affiliate management and billing.  FEE

ClickTale: This service records your visitors and watches how they interact with your site.  It costs $99/month but provides valuable insight into how your traffic navigates your website so you can make changes that will increase conversion rates.

User Testing: This service allows you to see why visitors leave your website.  They send visitors through your site and listen to them interact and record them on video. Visitors record their visits following your directions and provide written and verbal feedback on any problems they encountered. This is a great tool to use during a redesign.  $39/visitor

Wirify: This is a fun tool that turns any web page into a wire-frame and lets you see the big picture. For $6 extra you can buy a credit that makes the wire-frame editable. All web designers should use this tool.  FREE

Five Second Test: This service allows you to create free usability tests for your site and analyse the most prominent elements of your design on your landing pages.  Visitors land at a snapshot of your site, view it for 5 seconds, and then answer questions to facilitate landing page optimization for your mocks and wire-frames.  With the free version you’ll have to earn tests by viewing other’s web pages and then providing comments. There is a paid service upgrade from $20/mth, but signup is FREE.

Clickbank: This payment processor makes it easy if you have a digital product you want to sell. Clickbank takes care of everything; they handle credit card payments, process refunds, and they also handle affiliate commissions.  FREE ACCOUNT

CB-Analytics:  This site allows you to determine which products on Clickbank are best sellers.  It gives you trends and analytics on all ClickBank products and is updated daily. This is an excellent research tool when you are trying to select your next profitable product to promote. FREE

PaySpree:  This website allows you to buy or sell digital products online and get paid instantly. You can either be a vendor or an affiliate and make money from your own products or those of other vendors.  Membership is FREE

PayPal:  This is a great alternative for payment processing and probably the most popular service online. Their fees are reasonable and it allows the user more hands on control.  The reporting is excellent and the site is user-friendly.  FREE ACCOUNT

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COMMUNICATION, ADMINISTRATION, AND CONVENIENCE TOOLS

Gmail:  This is the best email service online.  It is by Google and has become a very popular email client with lots of useful features. You can forward email from a gmail account to another email account, or from your website email to a gmail account, plus it has a large capacity if you like to save your messages.  Use a gmail account with its great spam filter to sign up for services and giveaways and reserve your email account from your ISP for other business.   FREE

GotVmail: This service allows you to manage your voice mail. It is designed for entrepreneurs. $12/mo. FEE

IMI Organizer Map:  This tool was designed by a professional knowledge management expert so you will never lose another file again!  It will help you keep track of all your downloads, including your software, themes, plugins, and ecommerce programs.  FEE

Signature Generator:  This tool enables you to place your email address on websites and avoid a spammer’s robot finding it.  This service creates an image file that can be read by humans but not by the robots. Just select the desired email generator and save the image to your pc and upload it to your server or a free image hosting server like Image shack/Photo bucket and then hotlink to the image.  FREE

Sketchcast.com:  This is a blogging tool to create sketches including voice-over. Bloggers can record a series of sketches and voice to explain an idea, make art, or just play around. After recording the information, users simply embed the sketch player into their blog or connect people to your sketch channel. It has an infinite number of uses.

FireFTP: It’s a convenient FTP client built into the Firefox browser. FREE

Filezilla:  This is an open source FTP client that is the most widely-used.   FREE

Doro-PDF-Writer:  This software installs a virtual printer on your system and can easily create PDF documents from any printing-capable Windows application. Plus it doesn’t add any advertising lines or watermarks to your documents.  FREE

Do PDF: This software allows you to create PDF documents from MS Word files. If you create reports and eBooks, then you will need a handy tool like this.  FREE

Avast:  This is an anti-virus program that offers a variety of scanning options and eight shields to protect you system.  It features a quick scan, a full system scan, a removable media scan, a designated file scan, and a boot-time that runs before Windows is loaded before malware has a chance to activate and do any damage.  It automatically updates so that it always has current information to protect your system.

SpyBot:  This is another anti-virus program that is free for private use and provides home users with more than just protection. Users can remove annoying startup programs, securely delete files to ensure confidentiality or backup up important registry settings.  FREE

CCleaner:  This tool claims to be the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. It is easy to use and cleans all areas of your hard drive including the registry, defragging, temporary files, cookies, history, recycle bin, and log files.  FREE

ADrive:  This cloud based storage site provides up to 50 GB of free storage that can be accessed from anywhere in the world. It allows you to manage, back up, and cetrally secure files, edit them, and share them online.  Various plans and pricing but you can start for…. FREE

MediaFire:  This is another cloud based file storage service providing up to 50 GB…FREE

SpeedTest:  This site will allow you to test your ISP’s upload and download speed.  FREE

ZohoCRM:  This customer relations management (CRM) service allows you to automate your daily business tasks so you can sell more and spend less.  It provides you with a complete view of your sales cycle and pipeline. You can identify trends, spot opportunities, increase efficiency and reduce costs.  Paid addition for 12 users/month.  Initial version is … FREE

Open Office Suite:  This open source package is similar to MS Office Suite with word processing, spread sheets, presentations, math, and database management, but it also has a built-in PDF creator.  Open Office works just like Microsoft Office and is even compatible with it. You can exchange and modify Open Office documents with other Microsoft Office users.  FREE

Google Docs:    Google Docs is awesome. You can use an online word processor, spreadsheet and calendar just like you would use Microsoft Office.  With Google Docs you can access the program and all your documents from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection.  Also, you can assign anyone permissions to view and/or modify one, any, or all of your documents!  This feature is great if you need to have several people compose a document from diverse locations.  FREE

Roboform:  This handy little password tool will save you lots of time.  There is a free version that holds up to about ten passwords and a paid version with unlimited passwords. You can install Roboform to just your local PC, or you can have an online account that you can access anywhere in the world.

LastPass:  This is yet another password management tool that is easy to use.  FREE

Wunderlist:  This tool is a fancy To Do list organizer you shouldn’t be without.  FREE

Online Stopwatch:  This tool allows you to keep track of the time you work on different projects. Lots of different clocks and count downs.  FREE

Flowkeeper:  This is a new desktop software timer especially created for those who use the Pomodoro Technique to manage their time.  It appears to be a simple way to increase personal productivity, however, remember managing personal productive time is a task in itself and sometimes just more work.  FREE

Outright:  This software is for small business bookkeeping.  It helps you organize your small business finances, automate your bookkeeping tasks and prepare for Tax time. Yeah!  Outright offers you a free account with no monthly fee, no credit card required, no trial or expiration dates.  There is an upgrade version for $9.99/mo. with more bells and whistles, but the basic unit is….FREE

Aweber:  This autoresponder service allows you to conduct email marketing campaigns and to build a list of subscribers to your newsletter. Aweber is easy to use, highly customizable, and has a high delivery rate. It is considered the industry standard and is used by most of the biggest players in Internet marketing.  Tech support is superb. Most requests are responded to within 24 hours and they even have a live support chat feature. It is the most popular autoresponder service online. $19/mo.  FEE

GetResponse:  This autoresponder service is a great alternative and also allows you to conduct email marketing campaigns, surveys, follow-up,  and to build a list. $12.30/mo.  FEE

Advanced Web Ranking: This software is a highly customizable ranking report generater, featuring autonomous rank tracking, professional SEO reporting, full website audit and competitor analysis, and integration with powerful data sources.   $99/year  FREE TRIAL

Namecheap:   This company offers great domain registration and web hosting services at competitive rates. They have a very easy-to-use domain management interface.  FEES

FreeFileViewer:  This software enables you to view documents like DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, XLS, XLSX, and images like JPG, PNG, GIF, PSD, etc.  FREE

GVO Hosting:  This service offers web hosting with a unique understanding of Internet marketing.  If you get a few complaints about spam, etc., GVO won’t shut down your domain and seize possession of it like many other hosting companies do.  They offer excellent 24 hour support services and a great compensation plan for referring their service to others.

Search Status: This is a toolbar extension for Firefox and SeaMonkey that allows you to see how any website is performing.  It gives you access to PageRank on the fly, but also with just the click of a button, it gives you fast access to Google Trends, caches, related links and much more.  FREE

MetroFax: This is one of the best Internet-based fax providers out there. You can easily get a fax number and find a plan that fits your needs.   It is much better than the typical fax scenario.  Plans start at $7.95/month

Domain Tools: - Quick and easy access to domain information including registration, server details and location and some basic SEO information.  FREE

Character Count: When you’re crafting titles and descriptions you need to stick to the right lengths. I generally write them directly into the tool so I know as I go how many characters I have to “play with”.  FREE

Archive.org: This service allows you to view old copies of the web. You can find old versions of your website or even see what Google looked like in 1998.  FREE

Fireform: This is the Firefox form filler and it will save you a ton of time. It is a simple, yet configurable form filler that includes support for custom field names and multiple profiles. FREE

HMA: This proxy service is an extremely good one at the price.  It allows you to surf anonymously online, protect your online identity, secure your internet connection, hide your IP address, and hide your internet history. It is great for running systems as though they are from another IP address in a different location or seeing how your rankings appear, on the fly, from different locations.  $78.66/year

Basecamp: This is a client management, communication and productivity tool. After you have done all the work, this tool allows you to report that you’ve done it and show your clients, or anyone from your company, how to access that information easily.  FREE  (per single project)

TED:  This website is the home to TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.”  These are riveting talks from some of the world’s most remarkable people.  FREE

SmartDraw  This is a mind mapping tool that allows you to put all your thoughts into an easy to organize flow chart visual document, so you can connect the dots and map your thoughts, productivity, & more!  FREE

Bubbl.us:  This software enables users to create mind mapping and brainstorming diagrams online.  It is a useful Web 2.0 tool that allows the main topic/concept to be entered in to the parent bubble. Ideas and thoughts are then recorded in colorful text bubbles linked to the parent bubble. Users continue adding text bubbles which are color coded according to hierarchy.

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SECURITY

ICCC:  This site is a the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) which is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).  The IC3 accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the actual victim, or from a third party to the complainant. FREE

Active DMCA:  This site claims it is the number one Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take down service on the Internet and protects your product from theft and illegal sharing.  It offers three protection plans and three monthly payment options. $1 TRIAL

DMCA:  This site claims to be the global leader in DMCA Copyright Infringement Takedowns and removes stolen content from other websites. It’s comes as a WordPress plugin and is 100% guaranteed or you get your money back.  It can help with stolen blog content, photos, videos, websites, games and more. It is effective in any country, for any content, anywhere in the world. Professional takedowns start at $199/mo. and “Do It Yourself” takedowns start at just $10/mo.!

Copyscape:  The free version of this tool lets you check a page on your site to see how often it’s been copied, for plagiarism, and duplicate content. It is also good for testing new upcoming copy for any potential issues. FREE

Grammarly:  This software is an automated proofreader and your personal grammar coach.  It checks your writing for grammar, punctuation, and style.  It claims to be the best grammar and plagiarism checker online. Grammarly is lightning-fast and scans your text for proper use of more than 150 advanced grammar rules. Grammarly’s technology adapts to your writing needs and insures your grammar is impeccable. It offers word choice suggestions that optimize for the context of your document.  It finds unoriginal text before it gets you into trouble by checking for plagiarism against a database of over 8 billion documents.  FREE 7 DAY TRIAL

LegalZoom:  This service offers you a federal copyright registration for protection for your creative work in three easy steps. FEE

CRS:  This site is the Copyright Registration Service and provides international protection of your intellectual property through copyright.  It is a service provided by the Intellectual Property Rights Office, also referred to as the IP Rights Office (IPRO). The purpose of the CRS is to register and record the creative work of individuals and businesses in order to protect copyright ownership. This website allows the originators of creative output to instantly register their work online and avoid the need for paper forms or postage.  There are different fees for different times and countries.

ScamDetective:  This site was created by Wendy Webbe to alert fellow consumers of the many scams and ripp-offs on the Internet.  She has reviewed and posted some of the more visible scams so people can avoid them.  FREE

Ripoff Report:  This site educates consumers about scams, frauds, complaint reviews, lawsuits, and reported ripoff incidents.  It is consumers educating consumers.  It allows anyone who has had an incident to file a report and it protects their first amendment right to free speech.  FREE

FTC Consumer Protection:  This site is The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The FTC works to investigate and prevent fraud, and unfair and deceptive business practices in the marketplace.  If you have been scammed, you can file a complaint here.  FREE

Fraud Reporting:  This site warns consumers about specific types of financial, and other scams, via the Internet and provides a means to report scams and fraud.  It is not a government agency or affiliated with p style=”text-align: justify;”any law enforcement organization and strives to be fully independent and objective. They act as an information exchange to help raise public awareness about scams, and to help to bring scams to the attention of the proper law enforcement authorities.  FREE

TrustPilot:  This site is an open, community-based platform for sharing real reviews of shopping experiences online. They believe that authentic reviews from actual customers are the best reflection of a company’s service, and they encourage companies to let their customers review them. Together with their community, they work hard to ensure that reviews are accurate.

Scambook:  This site provides a platform for complaint resolution and helps fight against bad business practices and fraud. If a consumer has a complaint about a company, person or a phone number, they can report their complaint and notify them of their gripe. They use this Complaint Resolution Platform to resolve their complaints!  FREE

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VIDEO CREATION AND HOSTING

YouTube:  This is the most popular video hosting service on the net today. YouTube membership costs you nothing to upload as many videos as you want. The video length can be no more than 10 minutes unless you pay for a different plan. It is a great source of free traffic.  FREE

Fast YouTube Downloader:  This easy-to-use software allows you to download YouTube videos, Google Video, Facebook Video, Yahoo Video, and other similar video sites, and convert them to other video formats. All you need to do is Search related Video and copy link then click on Download button! FREE

Animoto:  This tool allows you to create short videos to cover vacations, birthdays, portraits, school events, business presentations, property inventories and thousands of similar thinngs.  It uses photos and video clips, creates a style, adds music and text, for the final production.  It is user-friendly and comes with various plans and pricing.  FEE

Skoffer:  This site offers one click screencasting. Skoffer is the API version of the ScreenCastle.com screencast recorder. If you only want to record and host a screencast as fast as possible ScreenCastle.com is for you. If you are a developer, and want to build in the screencast recorder into your website you are right on this site.  FREE

Easy Video Suite:  This tool is the most powerful video marketing software on the Internet.  It helps you effortlessly to create cand convert video pages, do split testing, record from a webcam, record your screen, and comes with video analytics.  FEE

TubeMogul:  This service is a brand-focused video marketing company and the only video marketing company built for branding. This service has several software products on video analytics, audience measurement, and brand metrics.  It is a technology service that is used by marketing agencies,  and various brands, to buy video advertising from multiple inventory sources.  It can help you put your video on 20+ video hosting sites with the push of a button. This service also offers incredible ad-formats and campaign reporting.

Vimeo:  This service is home to high-quality videos and appeals to people who love them. It is a U.S.-based video-sharing website on which users can upload, share and view videos. Vimeo is owned by Connected Ventures which launched it in November 2004. The site supports embedding and video downloads, and it’s … FREE

MetaCafe:  This service is one of the world’s largest video sites, serving the best videos, funniest movies, and clips. It is a video-sharing website that specializes in short-form video entertainment in the categories of movies, video games, sports, and music. It takes the user experience very seriously and offers high-quality videos, tech tips, movie reviews, games trailers,  and a dedicated review system that insures content will achieve their high standards.  FREE account

Screencast-O-Matic:  This online service is a Java-based web application used to create screencasts on Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems.  This online screen recorder offers one-click recording, a highlighted cursor and click indicators, ease of use, the ability to add notes and captions easily, for viewers to add comments, and there is no application to download.  FREE

Snagit:  This is another screen capture tool that lets you make videos from captured images.  Snagit gives you all the tools you need to create eye-catching images and videos for easy sharing.   FEE

Morae:  This tool provides you with hard data and vivid, undeniable examples of usability problems. It also automatically calculates and graphs effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction.  Use it to capture audio, on-screen activity, and keyboard/mouse input, to watch people interact with your product, site, or idea, and to discover patterns and gain insight.  FEE

Screencast.com:  This service is a hosting site that allows you to upload Jing and Snagit captures, share your Camtasia videos online, and share Morae usability testing videos. Screencast.com is extremely fast, easy to use, and produces top notch videos.  FEE

Camtasia Studio:   This product is the most widely-used screen recording video software.  It is not cheap, but it is helpful if you want to create video ecourses and similar projects.

CamStudio:  This open source alternative is very popular and comes highly recommended for creating video courses using MS Powerpoint presentations. Screen recordings are a great way to teach others how to do something.  You can also use them to drive traffic to your site by posting your videos online. FREE

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OUTSOURCING

When you get stuck with any particular task that you need done for your online business, or if you just don’t have the time, skill, or interest to do something, then you should always outsource it!  Outsourcing your online business tasks is easy and cost effective. Some of the best places to outsource are:

Fiverr.com:   Everything on Fiverr costs just $5. You will be surprised what you can get done for that price  Anything from banners to articles to backlinks to Facebook fans. It’s all there waiting for you. FREE ACCESS

Gigbucks.com:  Freelancers and micro workers offer you there skills and talents for online micro jobs from $5 to $50, similar to Fiverr.com. FREE ACCESS

Tenbux.com:  This is another Fiverr-like micro job site where buyers meet bargains and small services and products for $5.  FREE ACCESS

Fourerr:  This is the $4 online marketplace that people are turning to for micro jobs because they are 20% cheaper than Fiverr.  FREE ACCESS

Redlr:  This is another Fiverr-like marketplace where people can buy and sell $5 goods and services.   FREE ACCESS

SEO Clerks:  This site charges a range of prices for gigs from $5 – $50.  Turnaround time is from 8 hours to 48 hours.  Some workers are live online to respond to orders.  FREE ACCESS

Taskarmy:  This site is a directory of online services from trusted freelancers.  Prices range according to the complexity of the job, from $5 to $400.  FREE ACCESS

Zeerk:  This site allows buyers to get anything done for $5, $10, $15, or $25.  Buyers submit payment and have continuous contact with sellers during production.  Buyers have 72 hours to sort mistakes.  Jobs generally range from $2 – $100.  There are no commissions or fees.  FREE ACCESS

Dollar3:  This site offers micro jobs in multiples of $3 and gives 72 hours for corrections.  Gigs are usually $3, $6, $9, $12, or $15.  FREE ACCESS

Fittytown:  This site offers micro jobs that cost $50 and are usually more exacting.  FREE ACCESS

Geniuzz:  This site is a Spanish site translated into English and serves an international community.  Gigs are typically $5, $10, and $20 with 48 hours from editing to final copy.  FREE ACCESS

i-will-do:  This site offers the buyer to identify a task and open a campaign (job).  Jobs can be any size and involve more than one person.  FREE ACCESS

Gigme5: This is yet another Fiverr-like site where the gigs are $5.  FREE ACCESS

Justafive:  This is a job board site where gigs run from $5, $10, and $20 depending on the micro job.  FREE ACCESS

Gigbucks:  This site has gigs at $5, $10, $20 and up.  Gigs generall range from $5 – $50.  Buyers have 24 hours to correct mistakes.

Magicgig:  This site features $10 gigs, lots of interaction with seller, and 48 hours for corrections.

MakeaFiver.co.uk:  Gigs are 5 pounds sterling and paid by Paypal.  Buyers have 48 hours for corrections.

Guru.com:  This site is one of the most popular marketplaces for buyers to source talented subcontractors and freelancers.  FREE ACCESS

GetaFreelancer:  This site offers a small commission on gigs.  Programmers can bid on projects and buyers can post their projects.   FREE ACCESS

Rent-aCoder:  This is a marketplace for buyers requesting project-completion bids based on custom specifications for their project.   FREE ACCESS

GetaCoder: Buyers can find freelance programmers and web designers for their projects.  FREE ACCESS

Elance.com:  This is a great place to find reputable, professional people to perform specific tasks at affordable rates.  FREE ACCESS

Odesk.com:  This is another great place to find long-term virtual assistants and skilled professionals to help you with your online business.  FREE ACCESS

99designs.com:  This site is the #1 marketplace for graphic design, including logo design, web design and other design contests. It claims over 80,000 satisfied clients!

Crowdspring.com:  This site is the world’s #1 marketplace for logo design, web design, and crowdsourced writing projects. It claims over 28,000 satisfied clients!

b2kcorp.com:  Brickwork India.  This site provides knowledge and talent through the outsourcing program from India.  With costs that are competitive with nearly any country in the world and a huge, English-literate labor pool, India figures to be the world’s leader in outsourcing for many years, if not possibly decades to come.

yourmaninindia.com:  For anything you need in India, this site provides reliable  assistance from a brand you can trust.  Bangalore in Southern India is the biggest traditional hotspot for the growing nation and is the best location for outsourcing.

Outsource.ph:  The Philippine nation overall is a top outsourcing hotspot, with Cebu City as the top outsourcing hub in the world. Manila’s geographic accessibility to outsiders gives the city the edge and it is known as a leader in contact centers, and is growing in the legal services outsourcing sector.

Easyoutsourcingideas.com:  What you don’t know about outsourcing can empty your wallet fast! Unless you know these strategies, you’ll get into trouble, and it will cost you money.  These are proven outsourcing secrets.

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Tidy.ie:  Dublin was recently named the top Western city on Global Service’s Top 100 Outsourcing Cities list.  Positioned in between the United States and Europe’s mainland, the country is in an excellent geographical position, and it attracts businesses with an insanely low corporate tax rate. 

Within most of these outsource sites, there is a rating system for you to check up on the past performance of each candidate. You can leave feedback based upon performance and delivery.  Hire only those that have a proven positive track record.  Make sure you have them sign non-disclosure, non-compete contracts if necessary, and provide you with the original coding.  Change your passwords to your cPanels and admin areas after they have completed their work.

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SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS

These sites are hot. You can set up a free account right now and start inviting all your friends, business associates, colleagues, classmates, family, etc., to join you. You can develop networks of thousands of people and keep them up to date on what you are doing with the click of a button.

Social Oomph:  This service allows you to automate your tweets and follows.  It is one of the best automation services available.  FREE

Tweet Deck: This is a good piece of software for organizing all of your Twitter profiles. Arrange feeds, schedule tweets, monitor and manage unlimited accounts, use filters, and get notified of new tweets.  FREE

Twellow:  This is a directory of Twitter users to help you quickly find people in related niches.  FREE

Twitter Feed:  This service, when used right, allows you to automate Tweeting and Facebooking your blog and other useful resources.  FREE

Hootsuite: This tool allows you to manage multiple social profiles easily and quickly.  FREE

Socialbakers.com: Power your social media performance.  Make informed decisions with social analytics regional reports, industry reports, and management tools. FEE

Kuhcoon.com:  This site allows you to optimize your Facebook ads. Cut costs and increase conversions. FREE

Bn.co:  Brand Network.  The leading ad buying platform for Facebook and Twitter. This site features real time brand engagement, data, and apps.  Open Signals allows you to trigger Facebook ads in real-time based on first and third party signals. Built-in signals that enable you to optimize campaigns.  FEE

Topsy:  This site allows you to conduct searches, analysis, and view trends in social media.

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FORUM TOOLS

SEO Chat: This forum is technically oriented for website developers.  It features posts on Google, other search engines, search engine strategies, pay per click search engines, directories, and forum information.  FREE

High Rankings: This is a great forum. Jill Whalen offers a lot of great posts. There are lots of posts on SEO optimization, search engine marketing, marketing your business, and news and happenings that  help sites be the best they can be.  FREE

Black Hat World: This forum is not exactly like the name implies and you will not join the dark side of Internet marketing by attending.  These folks are saavy marketers and know a few tricks that you should probably learn too. Knowing what others may use against you can be extremely valuable. They chat about blogging, cloaking, tools, social networking, and traditional stuff too. FREE

Digital Point: This forum has been around for ages and has almost 50,000 active members. It features posts on marketing, business, design and development, products and tools, and a special underground forum and Area 51 forum just for exclusive members.  As in any forum, you have to watch who you listen to, but if you’ve got a good question, you’ll likely get answers here.  FREE

Web Pro World: This forum features active user base with postings on search engines, marketing, computer assistance, site design, webmaster, IT and security discussions, eCommerce, website exchanges, and a general members photo gallery and open discussion forum.  FREE

Adobe: This site offers a variety of forums for various Adobe products and technologies.  For each community there is an expert willing to answer your questions.  All of us use one Adobe product or another and sometimes we need to go directly to the horses mouth to get answers to our questions. Technical questions get answered quickly here, and the best thing it’s….  FREE

WJunction:  This forum is for the webmaster community and features over 1 million posts, money making tutorials, private forums, coding and graphics, and lots of webmaster resources.  FREE

Warrior Forum:  This forum is dedicated to Internet marketing.  It is one of the best places online to learn about Internet marketing, eBook selling,  and operating an online home based business.  You can access excellent peer advice and hire people to do specific tasks for you at reasonable rates.  FREE

WSO Downloads:  This site offers an incredible inventory of software and resources for warriors.  It includes archives, a reading list, and how to get the blackbook of tools for Internet markets.

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ARTICLE MARKETING

Article marketing should be a big part of your Internet marketing traffic strategy because it’s free, the traffic is highly targeted, and it will generate sales for you on autopilot for years to come.  Publishing articles also helps you get backlinks to your site so it will rank higher in the search engines.

Squidoo:  This is a popular site for easily creating single webpages on your interests and recommendations. The search engines like these pages and rank them high.  It allows you to earn money for charity or yourself.  FREE

ArticlesBase:  This is an article syndication website based in Ramat Gan, Israel. Authors publish articles for free and share their knowledge with potential customers.  About 500,000 contributors add thousands of new articles daily.  The website is a huge article database organized into an online directory of syndicated articles on twenty six  core topics. It also offers a global library of over 3 million articles in six languages. FREE

Buzzle:  This is an Australian article directory with information on diverse topics ranging from animals to tourism. It’s a complete source for news, articles and categorized information.  FREE

Suite 101:  This is a new kind of knowledge-base built around opinion, discussion, and passionate interests.  It is a collaborative publishing community that’s been active on the web since 1997. Their diverse network of community-driven channels is built by people who thrive on sharing opinions, knowledge, and experiences. The contributors are natural communicators who love to write and discuss their passions with people who really care.  FREE

Go Articles:  This site claims to be the Web’s largest free content article directory with lots of free articles for your blog or other projects. FREE

SubmitYourArticle:  This site is an article directory that charges a $2 submission fee to submit your article to 100 of the top article directories.  It started in 2002 and has come to be relied upon by SEO professionals, top marketers, and small business owners the world over to help build ranking and online visibility. It’s one of the most powerful such tools available.

Article Snatch:  This is a free content article directory site where authors can publish their free-reprint articles to hungry readers, webmasters, ezine operators, and researchers The key to the Internet is linking between sites and by submitting articles to this article directory, you get the links you need immediately. Article Snatch allows up to three links in the resource box so when publishers use your articles, you get links back to your site from theirs. FREE

Self Growth:  This New Jersey based website claims to be the number one self improvement and personal growth site online.  It is part of a network of websites owned and operated by Self Improvement Online, Inc.  The company’s mission is to provide quality information on self improvement and natural health to help people improve their lives, which includes information ranging from stress management to goal setting to alternative medicine and natural holistic health.  FREE

Article Alley:  This article directory is the home to millions of pages of great content. It offers an easy way to publish your work and attract readers to your website. They have a community of more than 500,000 authors and members get great free exposure for their work.  They want original well written interesting content that engages their readers. To get published here, your work needs to be unique to their site only and not used or distributed elsewhere. Their mission is to be the best free publishing platform online. FREE

HubPages:  This site is an open community of passionate people consisting of writers, explorers, knowledge-seekers, and conversation starters; all interacting and informing others by sharing photos, words, and videos. They ask questions and find answers. A unique set of tools and resources is available to help Hubbers find and build an audience, or easily create articles, and earn all sorts of rewards, from ad revenue to accolades. It is reported that over 35 million people now explore HubPages every month.  FREE

Content Professor:  This is one of the most fully-featured article creation and spinner software suites available online.  It is an article spinner that helps you create hundreds of unique articles in a short period of time.  FREE

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BLOGS, NEWS, & ENTERTAINMENT 

Search Engine Watch: This blog site provides useful tips and information about searching the web, analysis of the search engine industry, and helps website owners to improve their ability to be found in search engines. It features articles on SEO, web analytics, PPC, social, mobile, video, technology, and the search engine industry.  SEW encourages readers to make post comments on their articles and columns.  FREE

GoogleBlog: This is the official blog of Google. It provides news to googlers right from the horse’s mouth including a fast YouTube down-loader,  updates on their products, technology and the Google culture in general.  FREE

BingBlog: This is the official blog of Bing and believe it or not, Google doesn’t have 100 percent market share. Bing’s blog is a good read too.  FREE

Webmaster Radio: This site plays live radio geared to webmasters and Internet marketers and the podcasts can be downloaded later for convenient listening.  FREE

Jango:  This online radio site offers music just the way you want it based upon your preference for genre and artist.  FREE

Pandora Radio:  This site allows you to custom design your music stations according to your favorite artists and genres.  There is a free version and a paid version that regulates the advertising and times out interruptions.  Take control of your music.  FREE

Matt Cutts: This is the personal blog of Google’s Matt Cutts. He joined Google as a software engineer in January 2000 and is currently the head of Google’s Webspam team. His opinions are biased with a Googley spin, of course, but there’s always a bit of wisdom in them.  FREE

Search Engine Land: This is a news and information site covering search engine marketing, searching issues, and the search engine industry.  It is another good daily news source and a must read hub for news and information about the search engine world, optimization, and how search engines work.  The site is led by journalist Danny Sullivan.   FREE

SEOmoz:   This Seattle based company develops SEO software and provides a robust link intelligence API, and hosts the web’s most vibrant SEO community. They offer an SEO management software, SEO tools and resources, and weekly crawls and rank tracking.  $99/mo.

Search Engine Journal:  This website spotlights the important trends, news, strategies and personalities in the search engine industry. It makes it easier for the interactive-marketing community to collaborate and innovate its way to success. Most of their content comes from the real experts: in-house and independent Internet marketers themselves.  FREE

SEO By The Sea: This blog site is by Bill Slawski and shows the search world from a more technical perspective. He gets search and SEO information directly from the search engines.  Lots of categories and archives that go back to 2005.  FREE

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SOCIAL BOOKMARKING

You can bookmark (add to Favorites) all the websites that you like, or want to visit again on your computer, and you can also bookmark them online for your friends and others to see.  There are several Social Bookmarking services that you can register with that will keep your bookmarks online for yourself to access anywhere and also for others to see. Some of the top Social Bookmarking sites are:

Digg:   This site is a social news website full of the most interesting and talked about videos, stories, and pictures on the web. It allows people to vote the presented web content either up or down; this is called digging and burying, respectively. News and publisher streams were added in August 2010. It features  breaking news on Technology, Medicine, Politics, the Economy, Entertainment, and more!  FREE

Reddit:    This San Francisco based site is a social news and entertainment website where registered users submit content in the form of either a text (“self”) or a link post. Other users then vote the post submission either “up” or “down”, which determines its rank and position on the site’s pages and front page.  FREE

StumbleUpon:    This site is a discovery engine, which is a form of web search engine, that finds and recommends personalized web content for its users. Its unique features allow users to discover and rate photos, videos, and web pages that relate to their individual tastes and interests using peer-sourcing and social networking principles.  FREE

Delicious:  This site claims to be the world’s leading social bookmarking service.  It allows you to share, keep, and discover the best things you love on the Web, regardless if it’s a blog post, article, video, product, picture, or music. They even help you remember and find them later on.  FREE

SocialMarker:  This is a great service that allows you to quickly and easily bookmark a particular website or webpage online.  By socially bookmarking your own websites to high Page Ranked sites, you get quality backlinks to your site and free traffic from those that see your bookmarks.  FREE

SocialAdr:  This is a great service that allows you to get lots of other people to social bookmark your site. It is a unique social media marketing service that offers the easiest way for you to promote your sites and boost your rankings.  FREE

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